LEFT COAST WRITERS BOOK LAUNCH: Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author of Love in Translation Saturday, December 12, 2009 || 7pm Book Passage-Corte Madera || 51 Tamal Vista Dr. Corte Madera || www.bookpassage.com Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is back … with an new novel. Wendy is the author of the novels, MIDORI BY MOONLIGHT (St. Martin’s, available now) and the newly released LOVE IN TRANSLATION (St. Martin’s, November 2009). Japan and Japanese culture have been major influences on her life and this is reflected in much of her writing. Her novel, NO KIDDING, won the Literary/Mainstream Fiction category in Writer’s Digest’s Best Self-Published Book Awards in 2002. She is also the author of two children’s non-fiction books, and has had short stories published in various literary journals. Wendy signed her two-book deal with St. Martin’s just as she was beginning the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco in 2006. Along with her MFA, she also holds a BA in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Wendy is also a jazz vocalist and a Japanese karaoke singer. The San Francisco Chronicle called Wendy’s debut novel a “terrific rist novel.” Now she’s back with her second book, which again explores the themes of being a a stranger in a strange land. Wendy lives with her surfer-dude/musician husband Manabu and their cat Meow in the San Francisco Bay Area, a short walk from the Pacific Ocean.